Inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes. You can be unexpectedly inspired by something that captures your senses. An image, a piece of fine art, even a resemblance, anything can be inspiring. What is most noteworthy and worth exploring, is the how do you find what inspires YOU! Also, what purpose does the inspiration serve?
Find inspiration to bring out the artist in you.
One of my favorite forms of inspiration is something that motivates me to be creative. I can see a painting that is done in a style reminiscent of the way I painted years ago. It makes me want to run back to my studio and crack open the paints that have been closed for way to long.
Inspiration can encourage you to think outside the box.
If you are open minded you can find ways of doing things that are fresh, that are unique. It can open you up to new ideas, new ways of being creative. Professionals in any field have experience that we cannot even imagine. I love to connect with anyone from fine artists to craftsman to interior designers. While each of them has their own style, they also have their own way of being innovative. By exploring the work of different creative people, you will find styles and even colors that might be new to you. Reach out to others; it is often time well spent.
Explore creative places for inspiration.
Museums, galleries, street fairs, open-air markets, artist fairs, even trade shows, are all places where you will find creative inspiration! We are surrounded by these types of places and events and often pass them by. Take the time to step inside, explore the work that is being created and more than anything talk to the artists! It is an experience that is often rewarding in unexpected ways.
Why inspiration from the pros?
I have found that with every creative endeavor, there is time spent trying new methods, new mediums, even new ideas. Remember, there is no success without a few failures that have happened along the way. Furthermore, what I love about finding inspiration from professionals is that they are showing you what their success looks like. As a result, they are exhibiting or selling what they are most proud of.
I make an effort every year to explore the many shows that I can travel to. The trade shows offer many fields of creativity from fine art to furniture designs to graphic designs for handmade cards (I love those). Each show has it’s own flavor and style. Rather than seeing mass-produced products I can see what artists are creating with their own hands. Hand-painted linens, woven fabrics, carved wood pieces, they might be mass-produced to eventually sell, but these shows offer creativity that is distinctive and remarkable.
Finally, find what excites you, find what inspires you; you never now where it will lead. Look to see where you can experience inspiration from the pros, it doesn’t get better than that!